619 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410237.788196 -122.411958
Monday To Sunday From 06:00 PM To 02:00 AM
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Tenderloin
Great sushi and atmosphere - and at the right price. – This is a great affordable sushi place and so much more. Great for dinner before going out on the town. Loved the fried tuna rolls, caterpiller, albacore sushi. Everything's fresh. Full bar including sake. The waiters are very friendly and helpful. The atmosphere is great for hanging out with friends before heading to a bar. It's underground and has dark lighting. I will be back.
A scene right out of Tokyo! – Lots of great things to say about Ryoko's so I'll start with my favorite thing about them which is eating at the sushi bar! Sitting at the bar is part of the whole "Ryoko's experience" besides the fact that it's underground. Eating at the bar is where you will get the best sushi and you will be able to see what's on their "Specials" menu. Ordering items from the "Specials" is highly recommended. You will have a chance to have a really unique sushi tasting experience. Each item is seasonal which is reflective of genuine Japanese cuisine. Of course they serve the year round available tuna and salmon sushi, but the real treat is that every fish and special item on that menu is fresh! And because it's fresh equates too being very flavorful. They don't serve you that "flash frozen" and icy cold - flavorless maguro (tuna). So when the fatty tuna is in season, that means you can expect an incredibly rich, dynamic and unique flavor from that piece of sushi. A delight for the taste buds! This is what great sushi should be. Also the menu has Japanese menu items that you don't usually find at most local japanese restaurants. Items like the "fried cheese", Agedashi Tofu and Nato. The sushi bar chefs are great guys, the food's great, the service is good. Yeah, it can get a little crowded and littly noisy sometimes... yet that hasn't persuaded me from not eating there since I discovered this little spot over 3 years ago.
fab-u-lous – super fun atmosphere. incredible staff. amazing fish. great chefs. no pretentious attitudes. my favorite sushi place by far.
Great Sushi – The woman who wrote that scathing review is on something. She honestly is on some form of drugas. I have eaten at Ryoko at like 5 times and every time has been fantastic. It doesn't smell like vinegar and the staff and chef are totally nice. The fish is fresh and the sushi is excellent. And I don't think you have to be Japanese to enjoy good fish.
Fun spot for late-night sushi roll cravings – This place is pretty interesting. You walk downstairs into a basement, and the space was obviously a standard bar previously -- very long bar counter top, shelves behind, etc. But now it's a very fun sushi joint. The minute the staff see your shoes coming down the stairs, they greet you in Japanese. No windows, quite dark, subdued lighting, and always great chillout/downtempo/electronica music playing...it gets very packed on weekend nights. Their rolls are wacky -- one has peanut butter and jalepenos, for example -- and everything tastes good. There are many sushi joints in the city with better food, without question, but this place is much more fun and entertaining, especially if you are in a festive mood. Opens at 6pm, and stays open till *3am*?? Now that rocks. Service is friendly, and generally fast. I've been several times and have always had a great time!
You Don't Know Sushi If You Don't Know Ryoko – This place is fantastic! I have yet to meet anyone in the city that knows about it, but it is incredible food, in an unassuming unpretentious environment. The staff are great and friendly for the most part, provided you don't get the chatty skateboarder!! Fast service, great prices and always satisfies. Discover it for yourself!
Hidden Treasure! – So, a friend was visiting from out of town and we took the suggestion of a broke college roommate who frequents Ryoko's... and we were blown away! Not only was it casual and cozy, but the music was hip and unintrusive. The food... well, what can I say the chef was right about everything! The bluefin was like butter... smooth, silky and practically melted in your mouth! I'd never had a "jumping" roll before and it knocked my sox off! And the spicy rolls were perfectly seasoned... normally you just feel the burn, but here you could actally taste the fish! :) Oh, and the green tea is not to be missed, piping hot and wonderfully nutty! It's a great date place & fun to chill with friends. We went late and it was perfect for people watching and conversation.
Underground Sushi Unite! – This place is awesome. It's ambienance reveals itself through the descention of a stairwell and the greetings of the one and only Ryoko, a classic SF character! It's genuinely hospitable and kitchy without the smarmy pretense. For example, I am not a fan of DJ culture, but somehow the dj here is a great touch just doing his thing behind the turntables and not trying to overwhelm the place with his found sounds. Oh yeah, and the sushi... ask the chef to make you what he's feeling that evening and you won't be dissappointed.
A japanese cheers – so the other day the sushi chef says to me, "Logan - everyone orders the same stuff - I'm an artist let me create something for you" And I let him do it and it was good. For the adventerous try the jumping sushi and the tuna wraps - for the daring hand over your credit card and tell them to go wild. It's an exquisite japanese culinary rollercoster that will take your tongue for a wid ride...
Cheers! – Where everyone knows your name (if you've visited more than once)...great food...good vibes...great music...a place to hang out and enjoy...I recommend the blue fin tuna...YUM....
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